Whole Foods and Roche Bros. Receive Award at CPA Banquet

By Victor Chen, bostonese.com

Boston, April 12, 2015, — Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) recently held its annual Spring Banquet. Nearly 400 guests attended the banquet to celebrate the Chinese New Year of Goat, and many achievements by CPA in the past year.
(Left)Mr. Desheng Liang was awarded CPA’s annual Unsung Hero award for his commitment and volunteerism with CPA (provided to bostonese.com). (Right) City Councillor Ayanna Pressley presented the Good Neighbor Award to Whole Foods Market and Roche Bros. Supermarkets for signing agreements with the Chinatown / South End Collaborative to do first source hiring, bilingual interviews and regular hiring reports.

The Chinatown/South End community has called on new developments to provide jobs to community members and meet hiring goals for residents, people of color and women. Towards this aim, Whole Foods signed a first source hiring agreement with Chinatown/South End community organizations at beginning of this year. The agreement called for early notification of job openings to community groups, bilingual interviews, and reporting on hiring outcomes for their new store at Ink Block, the former site of the Boston Herald building.
The Worker Justice award went to the home care workers of Medical Resources, as shown in the left picture above. These workers have organized for higher pay and better conditions at their workplace for the past two years.

Geraldine Cuddyer was awarded the Social Justice Award, as shown in the right picture above. She has served as the Chair of the Election Commissioners, and dedicated herself to fairness in implementing the city’s first bilingual ballots.